Check out my recipe on how to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs using the 5-5-5 method! It couldn't be any easier!
One of the most common pressure cooker recipes around is for Hard Boiled Eggs. I'll be honest with you, cooking hard boiled eggs just doesn't seem like it could get any easier than cooking them on the stove. Why is everyone going crazy for pressure cooker hard boiled eggs? I needed to find out for myself.
What is the 5-5-5 method?
The 5-5-5 method is probably the most common method used to cook hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! With this method you can get perfect hard-boiled eggs everytime!
The 5-5-5 method for making Instant Pot hard boiled eggs has become so popular for a couple of reasons.
- First, it's super easy to do. All you need to do is pressure cook the raw eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes. Then, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes. Quick release all of the remaining pressure and then remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
- It's also very popular because it's really easy to remember the timing for perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs. 5-5-5...that's it! Super easy!
- Lastly, and quite possible the best thing about the 5-5-5 method is that it makes it incredibly easy to peel the hard boiled eggs! We're talking about it being super easy...no more peeling off part of the egg with the shells! The shells literally slide off...sometimes in one or two pieces! It's really quite spectacular! Oh and the sense of achievement that you get when you have a perfectly peeled hard boiled egg...it's soooo satisfying!!
Gone are the days of cooking eggs on the stovetop in a pot of boiling water. With the increased popularity of the electric pressure cookers and the Instant Pot, pressure cooking hard boiled eggs is the way to go!
I know, hard boiling eggs is not hard and it's not overly time-consuming. But, if you can make something easier, and better with the Instant Pot, why not!
The overall time to hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot isn't that much of a time-saver, but, and this is a HUGE BUT...the eggs peel like I've never seen before! OMG! The shells literally just slide right off. This, in itself is why you should be pressure cooking your hard boiled eggs. Game changer!!
Tips for making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
You can make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot under pressure or you can choose to air fry them. I personnally have had better, more consitent results with pressure cooking hard boiled eggs than with air frying them.
The egg button on the Instant Pot is a pre-set that is used for hard-boiling eggs. When used, the Instant Pot sets the timer for 5 minutes. If you have the egg setting on your Instant Pot, you can use it. If not, just set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. If you want soft-boiled eggs, set the timer to 4 minutes instead of 5.
Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge with or without their shells on them. The shells protect the eggs and keep them good longer, and they don't absorb the odors and flavors of foods in the refrigerator as much as peeled eggs do. Store peeled eggs in a sealtight container or ziplock bag to keep them fresh longer. Hard boiled eggs should last about a week in the refrigerator.
Fresh eggs and store-bought eggs cook differently. The 5-5-5 method works great for store-bought eggs. The method that seems to work the best for farm fresh eggs is pressure cooking on high pressure for 4 minutes and then quick releasing all pressure. Remove the eggs and place in an ice bath until cool enough to peel.
If the hard-boiled egg has a green yolk, it's likely because it has been cooked too long.
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- 12 (12) Eggs (Raw)
- 1.5 Cups (354 ⅞ g) Water (Cold Water)
- Ice Bath (Bowl filled with ice and water.)
- Pour in 1.5 cups of cold water. Do not use hot water.
- Place the eggs into the Instant Pot, on the trivet. You can stack the eggs on top of each other. Use as many eggs as you would like but do not stack the eggs so high that they reach the max fill line in the pot.
- Close the lid and move the valve to the seal position.
- Pressure cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. If your Instant Pot has the egg button, you can push that instead of setting to 5 minutes.
- Once the pressure cook time has finished, naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure and then remove the lid.
- Using tongs, remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and place in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes.
- Your hard boiled eggs are done! Peel and serve!
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.